17 for 2017

Over the past year I’ve really enjoyed hearing what fellow bloggers have achieved off the lists that they made at the beginning of the year in 16 for 2016 (and before that in 15 for 2015). So, reading this year’s lists from gillyflower, Nana Cathy, Murtagh’s Meadow and others, I’ve been inspired. As I’ve said, I don’t like new year’s resolutions, but I do like a list. I started off on paper with some ideas.


it started with a mind map


Finally I’ve settled on this list of some of the things I’d like to achieve in 2017…

Seventeen… Love Rocks (my rocks will have little crochet vests rather than glued-on hearts) or other little random yarny/sewn gifts to be given to individuals or left to be found by anyone

Sixteen… batches of homemade biscuits

Fifteen… cheeses… it’s ambitious, but now I have my great source of milk, it’s do-able and they don’t all have to be hard cheeses

Fourteen… pairs of knickers… that’s how many I’m planning to make!

Thirteen… mends… darning, patching, gluing, stitching… whatever needs doing

Twelve… letters to friends, using real paper and real ink

Eleven… new items in my Etsy shop (this is long overdue)

Ten... plants given to good homes (this one is inspired by Murtagh’s meadow)

Nine… games of Scrabble… Mr Snail and I used to play often, but we rarely do now even though it’s something we both enjoy

Eight… meals using only our own produce (except oil and seasoning)

Seven… visits to see friends who I normally communicate with via social media

Six… Pairs of socks knitted, using at least three different patterns (I have one pattern I use over and over, but I want to diversify)

Five… book chapters written. I’m planning to write a beginner’s guide to ecology

Four… blankets for charity; knitted or crocheted

Three… sessions in the loft, sorting out some of the accumulated ‘stuff’ up there (I think there’s a box of 30-year-old bank statements!)

Two… patterns published and on sale. This year I will finally complete my crochet bird roost pattern and my skeleton hat knitting pattern (which involves a chart).

One… denim gardening apron

So, really it’s business as usual, but one or two of my goals may be quite a challenge and this should help to give me focus.

If you have 17 for 2017 blog post, do leave a link in the comments, I’d love to read what you are planning.

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  1. Wood So Wild

     /  January 3, 2017

    They look like wonderful goals! Good luck with them, and thanks for mentioning mine. I think making lists like these and checking in with them from time to time are very motivating. Cheers!

    • I quite like the idea of having put something in writing because I’m sure that I’m much more likely to do it then! I’m looking forward to reading how everyone is getting on through the year…

  2. This is an idea I do not remember coming across before – though given my forgettery I may well just have let it slip! – but I will give it some thought. It is a nice idea.

  3. Sounds good – I have a few sock patterns. I’ll copy some and pop them over with the seeds. When the seeds finally arrive… 🙂

    • Thank you… I’m really lazy, because I have a pattern in my head that I can do without thinking, I tend not to bother, even though I have seen patterns and thought – ooh, that would be interesting to do. I have one with a really interesting heel that I might have a go at first.

  4. Ann

     /  January 3, 2017

    Seven….. coming to see us???? XXXXX

  5. Great idea, I shall have to have a think. What can I make or do 17 of…?

  6. What a truly wonderful list. Cheese, yes, biscuits too, yummy, love rocks was a new one for me, what a super way to commemorate people. Love your list and thank you for the mention.

    • I think it Was Wild Daffodil who first mentioned Love Rocks… I plan to collect local stones, crochet them little coats with a heart on and then leave them for people to find around the country!

      • Such a great idea Jan. I love leaving them in random places for people to find, it feels quite impish and mischievous. I’m sure you will have fun with yours.

  7. Looking forward to updates on your list. Number seven is great, I write to a couple of people in prison and it means a lot to receive a handwritten letter. I love number four, I am trying my hand at toddler blankets with hoods for children that need some extra security. You may have motivated me to finish more than one project a year, ha!

  8. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  January 3, 2017

    Great list! I particularly like number 8 and wonder ‘why didn’t I think of that’ – so I may have to add to next years list!

  9. What a fun idea! That is quite a list. I wish you all the best in the coming year.

  10. That is quite a list. I don’t think I can do that to myself, the overwhelm-ment will freeze me right up! I’m more of a one-step-at-a-time kind of person 🙂

  11. When I see these lists, all I can think of is how they get longer every year–25 in 2025, etc.! I have enjoyed reading updates from other people who have taken this route in recent years and I’m sure I’ll enjoy yours, too!

  12. I’ve got a similar list on my blog and some similar items. ..it will be interesting to see how we both do 🙂 x

  13. That’s a great list Jan. I’m most impressed with the amount of knickers you hope to make! 🙂 I’m lagging behind a bit, but hope to get my list out soon. I’ve found a way to break up some of the larger numbers, which I will definitely employ in future years.

  14. This is such a creative idea! I would love to do it myself, and I’ll tell my friends too! Nice post! 🙂

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